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Wisconsin DOT reports 258 crashes this past weekend

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 15:20:46-05
Several inches of snow fell across the state over the weekend, making roads slick and causing hundreds of crashes. 
 
Employees at the Department of Transportation say there were 258 crashes across the state this weekend, nearly half the amount of crashes reported after the state's last snow storm on March 2.
 
"Probably because this storm hit on a Sunday," said Jeremy Iwen with DOT. "The March storm was a Monday into Tuesday. This time around there were lower volumes of cars, less people out on the roads. They were able to stay home and hunker down and let the plows do there jobs."
DOT employees monitor more than 400 traffic cameras across the state and alert drivers to any trouble spots on the road.
 
"Depending on the weather, our phones can be ringing off the hook," said Iwen. "It can be very hectic at times. We saw a lot of cars in ditches, crashes, but nothing major this weekend. We didn't have any full road closures."
 
After a warm fall, December is shaping up to be a cold and snowy month. DOT workers are sending out this reminder: "slow down on the road and don't crowd the plows."